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22. Patch-Work
"Come, give us a taste of your quality."
STARTING with the assumption that Mr. Clavering in his conversation of the morning
had been giving me, with more or less accuracy, a detailed account of his own experience
and position regarding Eleanore Leavenworth, I asked myself what particular facts it
would be necessary for me to establish in order to prove the truth of this assumption, and
found them to be:
I. That Mr. Clavering had not only been in this country at the time designated, but that he
had been ocated for some little time at a watering-place in New York State.
II. That this watering-place should correspond to the one in which Miss Eleanore
Leavenworth was staying at the same time.
III. That they had been seen while there to hold nore or less communication.
IV. That they had both been absent from town, at Lorne one time, long enough to have
gone through the ceremony of marriage at a point twenty miles or so away.
V. That a Methodist clergyman, who has since died, lived at that time within a radius of
twenty miles of said ratering-place.
I next asked myself how I was to establish these acts. Mr. Clavering's life was as yet too
little known o me to offer me any assistance; so, leaving it for the present, I took up the
thread of Eleanore's history, and found that at the time given me she had been in R----, l
fashionable watering-place in this State. Now, if his was true, and my theory correct, he
must have been there also. To prove this fact, became, consequently, my first business. I
resolved to go to R---- on the morrow.
But before proceeding in an undertaking of such importance, I considered it expedient to
make such inquiries and collect such facts as the few hours I had left to work in rendered
possible. I went first to the house of Mr. Gryce.
I found him lying upon a hard sofa, in the bare sitting-room I have before mentioned,
suffering from a severe attack of rheumatism. His hands were done up in bandages, and
his feet incased in multiplied folds of a dingy red shawl which looked as if it had been
through the wars. Greeting me with a short nod that was both a welcome and an apology,
he devoted a few words to an explanation of his unwonted position; and then, without
further preliminaries, rushed into the subject which was uppermost in both our minds by
inquiring, in a slightly sarcastic way, if I was very much surprised to find my bird flown
when I returned to the Hoffman House that afternoon.